Wherever you go, information is essential to being fully prepared and making your journey safer. Her’s our regular summary of travel news and alerts sent out by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help keep you in the know.
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Safety and security section (Demonstrations) – There have been calls for unauthorised protests on 28 July with potentially more in coming days. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities.
Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary – tensions continue to be high in Abuja and further protests are expected in the city centre on the afternoon of Friday 26 July; if you’re in central Abuja, you should monitor local media, limit your movements in and around the city centre area (avoiding any demonstrations or large gatherings) and follow any instructions from local police and security forces.
Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary – change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to West Wollega and Qellem Wollega zones in the Oromia region (except the main Addis Ababa-Gambella road) and all areas of Gambella region where advice against travel was not already in place.
Terrorism section – update to existing information on the threat of kidnapping.
Summary and Safety and security (Methanol poisoning) section – There have been a number of deaths and cases of serious illness in Costa Rica caused by drinking alcoholic drinks containing methanol; you should take care when buying any spirit-based drinks.
Terrorism section and summary – updated information on the threat from terrorism in Kosovo.
Following the resignation of the Prime Minister on 19 July, it is possible that parliamentary elections will be held in the coming months. You should avoid demonstrations, exercise vigilance and follow local media for updates on developments.
Summary and Safety and security (Local travel) section – addition of information on recent security incidents along the Tajik-Kyrgyz border; you should remain vigilant in border areas and check local media reports before you travel.
Safety and security section (Local travel) and Summary – addition of information on protests in the Kombo districts.
Belgium is currently experiencing extreme temperatures across the country; addition of link to tips and advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre.
Addition of link to information on the 2019 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games.
Natural disasters section (Volcanoes) – updated links for the National Geophysical Institute and the National Emergencies Centre.
Safety and security section (Road travel) – updates to information and advice on vehicle hire.
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Updated information on prohibitory orders in Bengaluru; the ban on sale of liquor in restaurants, pubs and bars has been lifted; the other provisions of the prohibitory orders remain in place.
Health section – addition of information about an increase in the number of cases of dengue fever, including in Dhaka.
change to advice against travel; the FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to Khartoum and most of the rest of Sudan; updated information on the security situation.
Updated information and advice on current period of protests and demonstrations.
Updated to reflect police seizure of 20 July.
A reported 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurred on 19 July in Magoula, Attica region, and was felt strongly in Athens. Further information is available on the Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection website.
Entry requirements section (Departure tax) – there is a departure tax for leaving Dominica; as of 1 April 2019 the amount increased to 86 East Caribbean Dollars; in most cases, the tax is included in the cost of your plane ticket, but you should check with your travel agent before travelling to confirm.
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Summary and Health section – revised information on Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo; on 17 July 2019, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
Entry requirements section (Online visa) – revised information on online visa processes.
There are reports of a heightened threat against religious sites in Lahore at this time; if you’re in Lahore, you should avoid such locations until further notice.
Terrorism section (Kabul) and summary – updated information and advice reflecting an overall increased threat to Western interests in Kabul.
Revised information on protests linked to the yellow vest (gilets jaunes) movement.
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Natural disasters section (Volcanoes) – updated information on Mount Ulawun volcano in New West Britain province, which last erupted on 26 June.
Updated information on a state of emergency declared in Louisiana and a local flooding risk across several states following impact of Tropical Storm Barry on 12-14 July; if you’re in an affected area, you should continue to monitor local weather updates from the National Weather Service and follow the advice of local authorities.
Entry requirements section (Visas) – updated information on visa requirements for non-tourist visits and extending a visa waiver.
Terrorism section – updated advice on vigilance when in locations that may be targeted in attacks.
Natural disasters section (Monsoon season) and summary – addition of information and advice on heavy rainfall in the southern belt of Nepal since 11 July.
Remember that this information is subject to change at any time, so it’s a good idea to check the FCO website and local news for your travel route and destination before you book – and before you depart.
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